260 employers named for failing to pay minimum wage

08 December 2017

In the latest publication of employers named and shamed for underpaying minimum wage rates, Primark and Sports Direct are in the top five.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has named 260 employers for failing to pay 16,000 workers at least minimum wage rates.

Number three on the list is Primark Stores Limited, who failed to pay £231,973.12 to 9735 workers. And number five on the list is SportsDirect.com Retail Limited, who failed to pay £167,036.24 to 383 workers.

This is the thirteenth round of government naming and shaming for employers who have failed to pay National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rates. Government investigators identified £1.7 million in back pay for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers and fined employers £1.3 million for underpayment.

Sectors that featured prominently in this naming and shaming round were:

  • 34 retailers for 11,072 workers
  • 58 hospitality businesses for 288 workers
  • 40 are hairdressing businesses for 118 workers

Reasons for errors made include:

  • failing to pay workers travelling between jobs
  • deducting money from pay for uniforms
  • not paying for overtime.

See the list of 260 employers who have been named and shamed for underpaying minimum wage rates.